August 24 is a very important day for the future of Carlsbad and Eddy County. That’s filing day for upcoming elections – and anyone wanting to run needs to do so at the Eddy County Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. You can file as a write-in on August 31.
Four of our Carlsbad City Council positions are up for election this year. City Councilor Jason Shirley (Ward 3) has announced that he does not plan to run for re-election. We sincerely appreciate everything that Jason has done for this community. The good news is that we know Jason is going to remain very involved through multiple organizations. The other positions up this year are Ward 1 (currently occupied by Edward Rodriguez), Ward 2 (currently occupied by Leo Estrada), and Ward 4 (currently occupied by Mark Walterscheid). We will know more tomorrow as to who all plans to run in the upcoming election.
Carlsbad’s City Council elections used to be in the spring, but we became a part of the Local Election Act in 2018, lining our elections up with all others. Election Day will be on Nov. 2, 2021.
There will also be elections for five new positions to serve on the board for Southeast New Mexico College (SENMC), which is in the process of going independent from New Mexico State University. This is, therefore, a very important election for Carlsbad’s college. Carlsbad Municipal Schools also has three board positions up this year.
If you decide you want to run for these or any other upcoming positions, visit the Eddy County Bureau of Elections at 325 S. Main Street on Aug. 24. You can also get more information at https://www.co.eddy.nm.us/219/Elections-Voter-Information